Week 15 Challenge : Conduct a Time Audit. Say “No” to say “Yes”.
This is pretty much what the main chunk of my week looks like. These are the main things in my life that the rest has to revolve around. “The rest”. You don’t realise how much of “the rest” there is until you start wondering where all your time goes. The urgent things on this list get tended to, most of the time. The not urgent, that gets tended to also. Chores, like laundry, cooking, cleaning, all get done several times a week. But that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for other things, like reading, napping, scrapbooking, photography, connecting with friends…so many things I wish there was more time for on a weekly basis. But they’re just not high enough up the list to make the cut.
I have never liked when people (especially myself) use the excuse, “I’m just so busy.” There’s no such thing as being so busy. There is such a thing as being over-stretched, run-down, poor time management, laziness, the list goes on.
I learned a long time ago that I could not say “Yes” to everyone and everything, that I could not be everything to everyone all the time. So I tried to simplify things. And this challenge has helped greatly with that. Unfortunately one of the things that became less important was this blog. It certainly has not been given the attention that a lot of blogs get. Which made me question why I started it in the first place. It was supposed to be a documentation of my life, my feelings, events (good and bad). Somewhere along the line it became a tool for interacting with other bloggers and that takes on a whole different course in itself.
Even today, I find myself torn: write this blog post or go and read 50 Shades of Grey that I downloaded to my iPad? There’s just no way I can read all the blogs I’m subscribed to, post to my own blog, keep up with twitter/facebook/instagram/allothersocialmedias.
I haven’t officially audited my time this week, but I can tell you what I spend most of my time doing.
- Working (35 hours)
- Watching TV (20 hours)
- Social media 7-10 hours (and I still can’t keep up!).
- Sleeping 56 hours
That all ads up to 121 hours. There are only 168 hours in a week and not included in this time is cooking/eating, showering, exercising, driving, shopping, and chores. I don’t know about you, but right away I see about 30 hours worth of stuff I could cut back on! That, technically, should make some extra room for all “the rest.” Now to figure out where to start!